Titus Davis, a former star receiver at Central Michigan and the older brother of Titans wideout Corey Davis, died Wednesday morning surrounded by family and friends. He was 27.
Davis had been battling a rare form of kidney cancer, known as renal medullary carcinoma, since July. He’d been undergoing chemotherapy since late July, according to The Detroit News, flying to receive his treatments in Houston. Renal medullary carcinoma’s average survival is less than a year after diagnosis, per The Detroit News.
His death was announced on Twitter by Dolphins safety Kavon Frazier, who played with Davis at CMU.
RIP Titus Davis. Still to this day one of the most talented players I’ve played with. 🙏🏾
— Kavon Frazier (@Kay_BlackSimba) November 11, 2020
Davis was arguably the greatest receiver in Central Michigan history. He holds the school records for receiving yards (3,700) and receiving touchdowns (37). He passed Antonio Brown to claim both of those records. Davis spent a brief time in the NFL, first as an undrafted free agent with the Chargers, then on the practice squads of the Jets and the Bills, concluding with one tryout in 2017 with the Bears.
The last regulation play of Davis’ CMU career was a touchdown on a lateral play to win the Bahamas Bowl.
In addition to Frazier, a number of other people associated with Davis’ football career posted condolences on Twitter. That included Davis’ college quarterback and current Dallas Cowboy, Cooper Rush, along with his high school coach.
Our hearts are sad to hear of the passing of WWS Tiger great WR, Titus Davis ‘11 following his courageous battle against RMC cancer. The WWS Tiger Football family would like to express its love & condolences to the Davis & Hall families & Tiger Teammates. #TDMemoriesOfaChampion pic.twitter.com/zanwjq6VYm
— Coach Ron Muhitch (@RonMuhitch) November 11, 2020
Condolences to family & friends of former @CMU_Football star WR Titus Davis, who died today. Titus scored 4 TDs for the Chips in our inaugural 2014 game, none more memorable than his 15-yard dash to the pylon to cap off a wild final play that is part of college football lore. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/nEswiKL7N0
— Bahamas Bowl (@TheBahamasBowl) November 11, 2020
Titus and Corey Davis are two of seven siblings, and they both wore jersey No. 84. Titus Davis is survived by two sons.